Dallas (CNN) - In a rare public appearance since his heart troubles earlier this year, former Vice President Dick Cheney was on hand as his former boss, President Bush, broke ground on his presidential library in Dallas Monday.
The former Vice President looked significantly thinner than he once was, but still showed he doesn't mind throwing around the political jabs, making a reference to President Obama's stimulus projects that this Republican-friendly audience just loved to hear.
"Of course the George W. Bush Presidential Center isn't much to look at just yet, but the workers are ready, construction will move fast after today's groundbreaking. This may be the only shovel ready project in America," said Mr. Cheney.
A spokesman attributed Cheney's weight loss as the result of his long hospital stay in the wake of his heart surgery last summer.
Meanwhile, President Bush told the crowd of about 3,000 supporters that "the decisions of governing are on another president's desk and he deserves to make them without criticism from me."
The event also served as a class reunion for hundreds of people who worked in the Bush White House. Several friends of advisers to the former President said that Mr. Bush is enjoying his life after the presidency. He's more relaxed and comfortable about the years he spent in office.
Mr. Cheney looked much different from his years in the White House. He's lost a lot of weight, looking much thinner and walked around with the help of a cane. Officials say along with Mr. Cheney's well-publicized health troubles that he's also dealing with knee troubles as well.
- CNN's Ed Lavandera contributed this report